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Shear design of HSC beams with combination of links and horizontal web steel

Shear design of HSC beams with combination of links and horizontal web steel

Motamed, Jubin, Al-Hussaini, Abbas and Alani, Amir Morteza (2012) Shear design of HSC beams with combination of links and horizontal web steel. Magazine of Concrete Research, 64 (9). pp. 781-791. ISSN 0024-9831 (Print), 1751-763X (Online) (doi:

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The existing recommendations in Eurocode 2 and the British Code of Practice for the shear design of beams are derived from research conducted essentially on normal-strength concrete (NSC) with cube strengths up to 50 MPa, and it was found that the shear strengths of high-strength concrete (HSC) members made with limestone aggregate are below the characteristic resistances of identical NSC members. Previous experimental tests have also shown that significant differences exist in the angle of crack of shear failure of NSC and HSC. This paper presents data from five beam tests, which demonstrate that HSC with limestone aggregate has a reduced shear strength compared with NSC made with gravel and thus shows a gap in knowledge in the design approach to shear resistance of HSC beams. Previous investigations have suggested that horizontal web steels can contribute to the overall shear resistance of a reinforced concrete member in conjunction with the other constituents, concrete, tension and shear steel. The paper also presents data from tests on 11 beam tests and shows that the shear resistance of HSC beams is highly dependent on dowel action resulting from horizontal web bars positioned at the centre of the depth of the beam. Past attempts to quantify this dowel action are investigated and an improved design rule is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: design, high strength concrete beams, horizontal web steel,
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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